Competitive Information for Honedge [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Honedge honedge
Base Stats for Honedge

Steel / Ghost

Abilities:
No GuardNo Guard: Every move used by or against this Pokemon will always hit.


Evolutions / Family:
Honedge
Doublade
Aegislash

Weakness Chart for Steel/Ghost-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.25x
2x
0.5x
  
0.5x
0x
2x
0.5x
2x
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
2x
0.5x
0x
0x
0.5x
0.5x
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Honedge? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sun/Moon Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Honedge is an extraordinary Steel and Ghost-typed Pokemon. Honedge is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Honedge is weak to Dark, Fire, Ghost, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Honedge
Item: Steelium Z / Eviolite
Ability: No Guard
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Iron Head
- Shadow Claw
- Return
- Sacred Sword

Physical Sweeper Honedge (No Guard)

Honedge is a remarkable Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Honedge is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite attached to it. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Honedge from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Honedge's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With No Guard, every move used by or against Honedge will always hit.

Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Shadow Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Ghost-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Sacred Sword is a physical 90-base power Fighting-type move (ignores the target's stat stage changes).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Honedge? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Species: Honedge
Item: Rockium Z / Eviolite
Ability: No Guard
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Rock Slide
- Iron Head
- Shadow Claw
- Return

Doubles Physical Sweeper Honedge (No Guard)

Honedge is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Honedge is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Honedge from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Honedge's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With No Guard, every move used by or against Honedge will always hit.

Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Shadow Claw is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Ghost-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Honedge learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Flash Cannon
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Shock Wave
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Brutal Swing
60
100%
20
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
40
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Gyro Ball
--
100%
5
More power the slower the user than the target.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if a foe is switching out.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Sacred Sword
90
100%
15
Ignores the target's stat stage changes.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Shadow Sneak
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
After You
--
--
15
The target makes its move right after the user.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Autotomize
--
--
15
Raises the user's Speed by 2; user loses 100 kg.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Destiny Bond
--
--
5
If an opponent knocks out the user, it also faints.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Laser Focus
--
--
30
Until the end of the next turn, user's moves crit.
Magnet Rise
--
--
10
For 5 turns, the user has immunity to Ground.
Metal Sound
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Power Trick
--
--
10
Switches user's Attack and Defense stats.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Wide Guard
--
--
10
Protects allies from multi-target moves this turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Honedge can perform in Sun/Moon. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SM Move and Ability Combos for Honedge

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